Speaking out: Cecilia Attias has detailed the breakdown of her marriage of Nicolas Sarkozy. But their hopes were dashed when Mr Sarkozy married Carla Bruni following a whirlwind romance of just 80 days. Cecilia Attias, 55, who left him for another man just as he became head of state in , will publish her long-awaited autobiography next month. In the book, extracts of which were published in Le Point and Elle magazine, the former first lady rev e als that she felt compelled to leave the year marriage because she felt after his election victory that he had 's ort of forgotten me'.
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As the first lady of France, Carla Bruni no doubt dreaded the reaction when she confessed to a racy past. But after she told her husband Nicholas Sarkozy about the nude pictures of her about to hit the headlines, the French president simply gave a Gallic shrug. And asked for a print of his favourite pose. His sangfroid would certainly have reassured Miss Bruni, whose risque portfolio of pictures raised eyebrows in certain quarters.
Burglars stole a laptop containing photos of Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy, a digital camera and video material from the home of Julien Enthoven, the brother of the first lady's former lover, Raphael. The intruders broke into the flat in rue Dauphine, in Paris' chic 6th arrondissement, via a window. This is the third time this year that those linked to President Nicolas Sarkozy have been burgled in Paris.
The picture of Cecilia Sarkozy was set opposite one of Carla Bruni, a former model who became the president's girlfriend, also seen wearing a bikini. A court near Paris found Closer guilty of violating the former First Lady's right to privacy. The pair divorced in October, ending an year marriage.